Florida candidate seeks vote-machine probe

Dec. 21, 2006 at 4:09 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Florida Democrat Christine Jennings has asked Congress to look into faulty touch-screen voting machines after her much-disputed Nov. 7 election loss.

CBS News reported Thursday that Jennings not only asked the House of Representatives to investigate the election, but to potentially invalidate it. She lost in Florida's 13th congressional district to Republican Vern Buchanan who now has 30 days to respond to Jennings' petition.

Jennings filed the papers with the House Administration Committee Wednesday, CBS reported.

"This is not about Democrats and Republicans or Christine Jennings and Vern Buchanan; it's about fixing a system that appears to be broken," she said.

Buchanan apparently beat Jennings by 369 votes out of nearly 240,000 counted. Jennings alleges that the machines in Sarasota either malfunctioned or were not correctly programmed, which could have resulted in some 18,000 lost votes.

The outcome will not change the balance of power in the U.S. House, where Democrats gained 30 seats and will control 233 seats to the Republicans' 202 seats come January.

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